Jeannette Ehlers
Artist talk & exhibition wine reception

Thu 28 May. 6:30pm, talk begins at 7pm

Rivington Place

London, UK

Free event, no booking necessary

Jeannette Ehlers' series of powerful performances at Rivington Place had audiences saying it was 'everything art should be but rarely is' and 'poignant and complex, bringing issues of race, power, colonialism, pain to the room'.

Join Jeannette for an informal tour and gallery talk of her exhibition Whip it Good: Spinning from History's Filthy Mind, featuring the seven paintings produced during her week of performance alongside her earlier moving image work. Guest curator Karen Alexander will join the artist. 

Followed by an exhibition wine reception with the artist, guest curator and Autograph ABP team.

Jeannette Ehler’s practice takes the form of simple actions, which erase, enhance or animate historical spaces, raising complex questions about memory, race and colonialism.

The artist talk begins at 7, arrive at 6:30pm for an opportunity to view Ehlers' video installation The Invisible Empire beforehand. The Invisible Empire is 20 minutes long, and best appreciated when seen in its entirety. Ehlers' provocatively places the figure of an elderly migrant – the artist’s father – as the protagonist of a sculptural video piece that subtly links the colonial exploitation of the past to pertinent issues of modern day slavery and human trafficking in the present.

Drawing on film, photography and video and using an archaeological approach to history, Ehlers’ moving image works weave facts and images into potent triggers for forgotten memories or lived experiences, forcing us to think collectively about colonial legacies and the plight of marginalised people in the world today. The Invisible Empire is approximately 20 minutes long, and starts on the hour and half hour throughout the exhibition.

Part of the exhibition

Press acclaim for Whip it Good

If you enjoy art, like it to make you think and potentially stop you in your tracks then I urge you not to miss this

Le Cool London

[Ehlers] strikes back at the violent history of slavery and colonialism. As a Black woman artist she strikes back against the dominance of white male art and patriarchal structures. At the same time, her work stands in solidarity with the continuous violence reenacted against Black lives.

Africa is a Country

Audience comments

Everything art should be but rarely is - thank you

I thought it was the most beautiful thing I have seen…creative and mesmorizing

Symbolised and almost demonstrated a rebellion agains oppression

A beautifully held creation. Deep, intense, special and so full of meaning…Oh the power of transformational acts!

About Jeannette Ehlers

Jeannette Ehlers is a Danish Trinidadian visual artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She was educated at the Funen Art Academy and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Denmark. Recent exhibitions include the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, USA (2014) and ‘Jeannette Ehlers: Say It Loud’, Nikolaj Kunstahal, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014), amongst other international showcases. Recently, Ehlers has performed Whip It Good in Europe, South Africa and the USA. Her work is held in a number of Danish national and private collections including The National Museum of Photography and the Danish Arts Foundation.

Additional Info

Rivington Place

P: 0207 749 1240

Rivington Place is fully accessible. Disabled parking bays are available, please call in advance to reserve.
Free admission